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<a href="http://autism.about.com/od/inspirationideas/tp/besttraits.htm" target="_blank">Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">If you're sick of hearing about all the "deficits" challenging people on the autism spectrum, join the club! But for every down side to autism, there seems to be a positive -- an unusual trait that rarely appears among the "typical" community, but shines out among autistic folk. These plusses are well worth celebrating.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Amen to every single one of those. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:<br><br>
Love it. Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><b>7. Autistic People Are Less Materialistic</b><br><i>Of course, this is not universally true -- but in general, people with autism are far less concerned with outward appearance than their typical peers. As a result,</i> <b>they worry less about</b> <i>brand names,</i> <b>hairstyles</b> <i>and other expensive but unimportant externals than most people do.</i><br><br>
The bold really stood out to me. This morning Max did his hair with half of his bangs combed to the side and the other half combed down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<span><b>That's AWESOME!<br></b></span><br><span><b>Mary</b></span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I am on a few message boards with several autistic members, and my favorite thing about those particular members is that they NEVER read emotion in to forum posts and simply address the words, instead of getting all emotional about what the *think* the other person meant in some sort of non-existant subtext. It keeps debates as debates instead of flame wars and arguements.
 

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Awwww thank you for posting that<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I bookmarked it for myself on the darker days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I loved the last part, about how it made her focus less on a life of <i>should</i> and more on a life of <i>is</i>. I need to think about that more....and I'm guessing, that when I start to really understand it more, it's going to make my life a little happier.<br><br><b>Thank you.</b>
 
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